MSU's Weatherspoon works on jump shot during summer

MSU's Quinndary Weatherspoon
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DANNY P. SMITH
Staff Writer

It's hard to imagine Mississippi State's Quinndary Weatherspoon becoming much better of a shooter than he already was.

Weatherspoon has shown the ability to be pretty smooth with his shot and has won several games at the buzzer with it.

After some advice from National Basketball Association personnel in the offseason, it was back to the gym for Weatherspoon to see if he could fine tune his craft.

He was told that his jump shot needed improving and that's been his focus.

MSU teammates like Abdul Ado have noticed the difference this summer.

After a short break following the spring semester, the two Bulldogs got back into the gym to start working on their game and Ado was amazed by what Weatherspoon was doing.

“When he came back, his shot was outstanding,” Ado said. “You could tell he’s been working out so hard.”

It was the same thing Ado saw in Aric Holman and Lamar Peters, who were the other MSU players to test the NBA waters right after the season. They have since started to prepare for the 2018-19 season with the Bulldogs.

Weatherspoon said exploring his options with the NBA was a benefit.

“I just worked out with a lot of different people and with other pros,” Weatherspoon said. “It was a great experience for me and I’m looking forward to doing it again at the end of the season.”

There wasn't anything wrong with Weatherspoon's point production as he has scored in double figures in his three previous MSU seasons. He averaged 12 points per game as a freshman, 16.5 points per outing as a sophomore and 14.4 points per contest as a junior last season.

Still, Weatherspoon was thankful for the tips.

“They want me to jump higher on my jump shot,” Weatherspoon said. “I’ve been trying to work on that more. Other than that, everything else was great. They like my size, but just want me to shoot a better jump shot and get up in the air a little bit more.”

In order to build on last year’s run to the National Invitational Tournament Final Four, MSU has stepped up the preparation for next season.

Weatherspoon has watched as the other Bulldogs have attacked summer workouts with purpose.

“Everybody is working hard as far as our goal this year for the season,” Weatherspoon said. “Overall, this is probably going to be the best and improved summer I’ve had since I’ve been here.”

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